Hello to all you fellow motorhomers and welcome.
I hope you get as much fun reading this as I do writing it.

Friday, 31 January 2020

All Change

The past few month seem to be a period of change.
My trip to Africa was the biggest divergence from my usual routine;
  • A completely different country. One that I had no knowledge or experience of.
  • A different motorhome; a hire one.
  • Roads that required nerves of steel to traverse.
  • No companion; I had to leave my dog Pearl behind; she might have ended up as a "meal".
  • A hectic travelling itinerary; the opposite of my usual "slow" and tranquil meanderings.
This precipitated other changes
  • A new phone; I still terminate calls instead of answering them.
  • A new camera; it is also a new model (substituted Sony for Canon)  and type (substituted a Bridge camera for DSLR).  It is like a mini computer with so many buttons and levers etc.  I am still trying to get my head around the functioning of it.   The book of instructions I bought is big and sooo thick.
  • As Apple are shortly to retire iTunes I need to find an alternative.  Rather than a TV in my motorhome I listen to podcasts on my iPod. I need to be able to download these as frequently on campsites internet is non-existent or poor making streaming difficult. 
  • My aim this year is to increase the number of blog followers. I thought this could be achieved by moving it to my website. Tried it but could not cope with this change.  So back to the start 

Plenty to do before my motorhome comes back from the garage where it is having its bottom galvanized against rust . Shortly after the camping season will be in full swing Hopefully I will have to start in earnest researching for my second book. I am waiting for a contract.

Friday, 17 January 2020

New Year's Resolution

I know the customary time for making Resolutions is the New Year.
Though I had given some thought to my resolutions it is only recently that I have had the time to  formulated them.

Firstly I was busy preparing my motorhome for the garage.  It is having its "bottom" cleaned and sealed; the underneath is having a special coat to rust proof it.
In order for it to be light enough for the ramp I have had to remove EVERYTHING that is not fixed  to the vehicle. 

I was astounded how much is in the van. 

My next task was to get the motorhome to the garage.  Sounds easy but will it start after such an unusual long lay off.
Answer; YES. 
But once I got it started I did not want to switch it off until I arrived at the garage.
Secondly I had a visit to Sheffield booked for the beginning of January which occupied me.

Now I am back and ready to "start the year".  A bit late I know.

My New Year's Resolution

To persuade a 100 people to join CPRE.

Please will you help me keep my resolution.  Membership is only £3.00 a month.
Click on the link to sign up.

Why should you join?

  1. The countryside is a valuable asset and needs protecting from becoming a concrete jungle.
  2. Nurturing the countryside assists in combating climate change.
  3. Looking after the countryside by default supports wildlife.
  4. Access to the countryside has health benefits.
  5. Once the countryside is gone then it is gone.  We cannot afford to lose any more of this precious commodity.
Please join the CPRE.

If you do join I would be most grateful if you would leave me a message at https://annachelmicka.me/contact-me/

Thank you.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Read of the Month (January 2020)

My trip to Africa was such a special experience I was keen to enhance it by increasing my knowledge
and understanding of the continent. 

Reading books is one way to do this. 

Having gained a comprehensive overview of the history of the continent over the past 50 years I decided to broaden my experience by reading a book about an entirely different aspect of Africa.

It is about a topic I have a smidgen of personal involvement and so a greater rapport.

A young man visited Africa on a gap year. 
The experience changed his life. 

Read of the Month (January 2020) recounts his adventures.

Don't Run;   Whatever you Do


Peter Allison

It is an easy read.

Each short chapter recounts an interesting happening or incident.
It has a special resonance having been on a safari tour similar to those organized by the author.